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Attending online classes is near impossible for students without their own computers. To help these students, the Institute for Youth Development KULT launched the initiative #darujzanastavu in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, which was supported today by the Swedish Ambassador Johanna Strömquist.

The Ambassador and the Institute’s staff visited two families in Vogošća and the village Rječica near Sarajevo and personally gifted students with laptops, books from the Bert Diaries series and words of encouragement that are particularly important in these extraordinary circumstances. She emphasized that education is crucial to young people’s development, and that it is not an exclusive privilege but equally accessible to everyone, like all basic human rights.

Laptops were gifted to students from underprivileged families, and will remain in their possession to help them learn even after they are back in their classrooms. The families were very thankful, but also surprised because they thought their appeal for equipment for their children would fall on deaf ears. The student who got his own laptop promised to do even better in school and was very excited to finally have his own computer. He thanked the Ambassador for the visit and the donation and wished her luck in her work.

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This donation is part of the initiative #darujzanastavu, which was supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden in BiH with 180 devices fro students from across BiH.

Donacija laptopa u Zenici

Virtual learning successfully enforces physical distancing among teaching staff and students. While necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this approach has caused some problems as well. Hundreds of students across BiH lack appropriate devices to access online classes, which prompted the Institute for Youth Development KULT to launch the “Education for All” initiative, and provide the necessary equipment to as many students as possible.

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In a little over a month, the Institute for Youth Development KULT and our local partners received more than 650 requests for devices that would allow students to continue their school year online. We received requests from all parts of the country, and some came from Bileća, a small town in East Herzegovina. Several of the Institute’s employees spent the day with Bileća students and donated 14 laptops and 2 desktop computers. All the computers were given directly to students who will be using them, and will keep them even after they’re back in their classrooms.

The computers were collected through the initiative “Education for All”, and since Bileća doesn’t have a local collection point, the Institute’s employees decided to take the computers to their new owners themselves.

“He doesn’t have a computer or a tablet, or anything, so how can he attend class online?”, worries Slađana, mom of one of the students we visited. Thanks to the support of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), businesses and individuals, Slađana’s family and 15 other families now have everything their children need to attend class online.

“This is great, we weren’t too hopeful, but we tried although we didn’t really expect much, but now you’re here. Thank you, I really don’t have words to express how grateful we are. Now he’ll be able to finish 4th grade without a problem,” said Slađana.

Directors of schools in Bileća also expressed gratitude and support for the initiative, while noting that there are still several families who need tablets.

Together with local partners, the Institute has so far donated almost 400 tablets and laptops in 13 communities in BiH, and is planning to donate another 200. If you would like to join this initiative, you can donate new of used equipment to any of the local collection points. You can find a list of all collection points here.

Online classes are a challenge to students and teaching staff across BiH since they are faced with a lack of adequate technical equipment that would allow them to organize and take part in online classes. That’s why the Institute for Youth Development KULT launched the initiative “Donate equipment - help students learn online!” to provide as many marginalized students as possible with the technical equipment they need to attend online classes.

Thanks to the support of Klika, a software company, 130 students from 10 elementary schools in Bosanska Krupa, Travnik, Ilijaš and Zenica got the equipment they need for online classes. Klika decided to support the teaching staff in Travnik and donate two computers and two printers which will help them prepare quality online classes.

“Our company believes in the power of education, and we think every child in BiH must have adequate conditions and easy access to education in all circumstances, including this coronavirus pandemic”, said Mr. Edin Deljkić, Director of Klika, adding that the towns they’re donating to are hometowns of Klika’s founders.

Livnjak Sedin, the father of two of the students who were given tablets today, expressed his gratitude for this act, because his sons were unable to attend classes online. BH Telecom supported this action, in addition to their other activities, and provided students with free internet access, so they now have everything they need for online classes.

Over the past 15 days, from the beginning of the “Donate equipment - help students learn online!” initiative, the Institute for Youth Development KULT and its partners provided 300 students from across BiH with the equipment they need. Unfortunately, there are still many students who can’t access online classes. That’s why the Institute will continue working on this initiative and is inviting all individuals and businesses to join us by donating equipment or forming local collection points in their communities, so we can work together on making sure that all students have access to online education.


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